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Vigil planned for teen mistaken for burglar, killed by stepfather

By Scott Harrison, Multimedia Journalist, s.harrison@krdo.com
Chris Loveless, Digital Content Director , c.loveless@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:24:29 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 27 2013 11:28:26 AM CST

Kiana O'Neil, 14, was a freshman at Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A vigil will be held Friday night (12/27/13) for a 14-year-old girl who was mistaken for a burglar and shot and killed by her stepfather.

The shooting happened on Monday, December 23, 2013 just before 6 a.m.

Kiana Rae O'Neil lived in Alamosa before moving to Colorado Springs. Friday night's vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Jara, which is about 15 miles south of Alamosa.

Kiana attended Vista Ridge High School in District 49. Classmates gathered at her home on Ascendant Drive the day after she died to remember her.

A KRDO NewsChannel 13 crew reached out to family and friends at the home but they declined to comment.

Fort Carson identified the stepfather as 2nd Lt. Daniel Meade, a member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Friends remember O'Neil as cheerful and fun to be around.  To see her memorial page on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Kiana-Oneil/185939468280122

Colorado Springs police won't release further details about the shooting until their investigation is finished and the district attorney's office decides whether charges against the stepfather are warranted.

A District 49 spokeswoman said a decision about whether to provide grief counseling at the school will be made after students return from their holiday break on Jan. 6.

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